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Exploring new Perspectives

18 – 20 May 2021 / Graz, Austria

new perspectives

18 - 20 May 2021
Graz, Austria

In a changing world, the brave take the path of uncertainty to explore, innovate and create. Their journey goes onwards and upwards, as ideas grow and evolve and challenges change perspectives, processes and principles.

Are you in the business of innovation?
Are you looking to collaborate globally?
Are you at the scale up point in your business cycle?

Be part of something bigger!
18 – 20 May 2021 – Meet like-minded people, meet people you want to learn from! 

The Global Innovation Summit provides an international meeting place for businesses, innovators, researchers and funding experts to network, share knowledge and develop new business ideas. You can also learn about world-wide business collaboration and funding opportunities in Eureka and Horizon Europe. International speakers will share their inspirational stories of the journey and growth of their ideas and innovations. The Global Innovation Summit with its focus on Green Transition, Digital Transformation and Post COVID will give you the chance to extend your network in your respective field of interest – all free of charge!


The Green Deal as an economic, ecological and social transformation process is one of the centre pieces of political discourse at both international and national levels. One objective of the summit is to support the innovative developments towards green transition and the associated importance of the role of research and innovation programmes. 



Digital Transformation and its impact is another priority of this year’s summit. Here we seek to promote networking among innovative international SMEs and global companies from the Eureka network during a structured exchange of innovative ideas with regard to digital and sustainable development goals. 


The reconstruction of the economy and international cooperation after the Corona crisis will play an important role in 2021. The summit’s goal is to take stock of the situation one year after the outbreak of the Corona crisis and to reflect on the resulting consequences for the European and international economic and RTI system. 

Speakers & Sessions

After a harsh year of doubt and uncertainty, let’s strive for higher goals. It’s a new year, it’s spring – let new beginnings take the lead and let us celebrate innovation globally with positivity and clarity, let’s rise. Engage with ideas, concepts, and notions you are interested in, create and evolve new ways of looking at them – ways you haven’t even dreamed of! 

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Felbermayr Gabriel
Kiel Institute for the World Economy
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Piccard Bertrand
Initiator, Pilot, Chairman
Solar Impulse Foundation

Eureka Network

Currently under Austrian Chairmanship, Eureka is the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation, present in over 45 countries. Since 1985, we have funded and supported the R&D and innovation of thousands of breakthrough commercialised products, processes or services that have positively impacted society and helped economies grow. 

Venue &

Graz – Austria’s second largest city is a young and academic one and it is a meeting place of innovation, culture, art and history. Known as the “gateway to the south-east” this European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage Site and City of Design offers more than you might expect… 

#GIS2021 - B2B Meetings

#GIS2021 is not only about listening to exiting speakers, engaging panels and participating in interesting workshops. It is also about making new contacts and refreshing existing ones. The B2B meetings during #GIS2021 offer you private 15-minute web meetings with the other #GIS2021 participants and provide you with the opportunity to widen your professional network for new collaborative projects.  

#GIS2021 B2B meetings are brought to you by Enterprise Europe Network

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